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With everything happening in the world, it can be tempting to get discouraged. That is why it’s important for you to step back once in a while, do something that makes you happy, and get your sparkle back.

One great way to do so is by watching films that make you feel good. While there are countless options to choose from, you should take time to watch the kind that encourages you to break out of your rut. From appreciating the little things to living your life to the fullest, the following movies have wonderful lessons that will warm your heart, and lift your spirit:

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

A touching Christmas classic with so many nuggets of wisdom, this movie will make you realize your blessings, and impact on so many other people’s lives. Over 70 years after its initial release, it still has the power to make you want to be a better person. 

The Princess Bride (1987)

Are you looking for something with love, action, or adventure? Well, why choose when you can have it all? A wildly entertaining movie with a lot of quotable quotes, the Princess Bride is a fun flick that will make you believe that true love will always prevail.

Dead Poets Society (1989)

Don’t you just miss Robin Williams? On the flip side, he left a filmography full of touching messages. A great example of this is Dead Poets Society that will inspire to you live life passionately, with purpose and verve. 

Big Fish (2004)

A whimsical story about the extraordinary adventures of Edward Bloom, this Tim Burton film will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone in order to grow and treat people with kindness. 

Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

A powerful film that will make you believe in yourself even when others don’t, this film starring Will and Jaden Smith is a story about the importance of passion, resilience, and faith. In these difficult times, it’s a nice reminder that things will work out in the end.  

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

A story about letting go and finding love again, this movie will remind you that while we all have shortcomings and bad things happen, silver linings exist even in the darkest of places. It’s definitely a message we all need these days. 

Soul (2020)

Of course, what’s a feel-good movie list without a Disney entry? A lovely story about living life to the fullest, and appreciating the little things, this animated film will leave you wanting to make the most of what you have today. 

Whatever you’re going through, it’s important to remind yourself that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. While it’s inevitable for trials to come our way, these stories will lift encourage you to face them headstrong, and hope for better days ahead.


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